“Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star-strewn night skies. And those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever.” Daniel 12:3 (The Message)

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I LOVE this verse in Daniel! I believe that to this day GOD is trying to communicate this message to you and me- He wants us to be a light that SHINES brilliantly! He’s saying, “Wake up and rise, ladies! Shine for the Kingdom of Heaven!” God knew that He made us women, that’s not a surprise to Him and He gifted us to lead. Again, it's no accident. So it’s up to us to use our gifts, talents and influence to LEAD, LOVE & LIGHT UP THE WORLD!

In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus was speaking to a crowd of ordinary folks when he said, "You are the light of the world." In other words, He was saying, “You are how I will accomplish all that I want to accomplish in this world. I am going to use you to draw others to me." And GOD isn’t just looking solely to senior and lead pastors or missionaries to spread His message of love and hope. He uses regular, ordinary people (chicks included) like you and me who love Him and are willing to go “all in” and share this message.

I find it interesting that Jesus describes us as the light of the world, not the light of the church. I think it’s because we have to go beyond the church walls and take the light out to where it is dark. As Christians, at the end of the day, our beliefs are about one thing- loving God so much that we will risk it all- our lives, our hearts, and our wills to rescue, save and deliver people from an eternity without Him.

Nothing else matters ahead of loving GOD and loving people. They are the two greatest commandments. That’s why He asks us to be a light. He is looking for men AND women to say “Here I am GOD! Use me!” That’s my prayer for you, and for myself. That nothing would deter or keep us from rising and shining. That the joy of the Lord would strengthen us as we lead worship in our churches. That we would shine so brightly that they don’t see us- they see Him. We have a huge responsibility but He who calls is faithful.

I have faith that you if you don’t already, you will see yourself as the magnificent light that God says you are and start shining TODAY!

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